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Hundreds of U.S. Military Members Celebrate Veterans Day at the Salute to Service Festival Sponsored by Ashford University
Third annual celebration was held on the flight deck of the Navy's historic USS Midway

Approximately 4,500 people, including members of the U.S. military and their families, enjoyed a fun-filled Veterans Day at San Diego’s Salute to Service Festival. The third annual festival, sponsored by Ashford University, took place on the deck of the USS Midway aircraft carrier overlooking the beautiful San Diego Harbor.

“It is a privilege for all of us at Ashford to sponsor the Salute to Service festival. It’s just one way that we have chosen to say ‘thank you’ to our military members for their selfless service to our country,” said Dr. Richard Pattenaude, president and chief executive officer at Ashford University and a Vietnam veteran. “We are a dedicated partner of the military and are committed to educating our nation’s heroes.”

The event, which offered free entry to anyone with military identification, was held on November 11 from 1-3 p.m. It featured live music from Southbound Jonny, a San Diego country band, and Trevor Davis, a local artist who appeared on NBC’s hit show The Voice. Food was provided by Jersey Mike’s, Jimbo’s Natural Foods Grocer, Pepsi, and Slater’s 50/50.

Some lucky attendees were the recipients of giveaways and raffle prizes awarded throughout the day. Top prizes included a trip for four to Universal Studios Resort in Orlando, Fla., a Hawaiian vacation for two, a trip to Mexico, tickets to Universal Studios Hollywood, and more.

About Ashford University

Achievement belongs to all of us at Ashford University. By offering a traditional college campus as well as online degree programs, Ashford meets the diverse needs of individuals pursuing integrity in their lives and in their communities. Students may earn an associates, bachelor’s, or master’s degree online, while campus students in Clinton, Iowa may earn a bachelor’s degree. Whether on campus or online, Ashford students enjoy the same supportive community. For more information, please visit or call Shari Winet, Vice President of Public Relations, at 858.513.9240 x2513.